Javier Zuniga
Javier Zuniga

Javier Zuniga


I’m 17 years old, and was raised in Atlanta, Georgia where I found a passion for bikes at a young age. Growing up, my grandparents introduced me to dirt bikes. They would take me to Supercross races every year which eventually led to sparking a passion for bikes. In late 2015, my parents job moved us to Austin. I knew the city was well known for its cycling scene and I wanted to be a part of it. I raised enough money from mowing lawns and bought my first hardtail. Then, I met a few trail builders and immediately realized the reward of riding something you built. One of those builders saw potential in me and helped me fund my first full-suspension mountain bike in early 2017. That’s when a local pro, Jeremiah Work, took me under his wing and helped me become the rider I am now.

Javier's Kit

I want to pursue enduro racing for years to come, and aside from racing I’d like to make an impact on my own community to get more kids on bikes.

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What is the cycling accomplishment you are most proud of?

Becoming a top tier rider in the area and being inspirational to younger riders and peers so they feel welcomed into the cycling world.

What kind of cyclist are you?

I’m a mountain biker that specializes in enduro racing.

How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?

When I purchased my first mountain bike in December of 2015, I immediately discovered a greater passion with the cycling community.

What’s your favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?

Angel Fire bike park. It has a wide variety of trail, from rock gardens to perfectly built doubles.

What’s your favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?

Trails up in the Northwest. It is clearly totally different terrain than what we have in the South.

How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?

Freedom. A way to disconnect from everything else and focus on just having fun, goofing around, and learning new techniques to become a faster rider.

How do you see your future as a cyclist unfolding?

I want to pursue Enduro racing for years to come, and aside from racing I’d like to make an impact on my own community to get more kids on bikes.

Who inspires you and your riding?

I look up to Shawn Neer, a professional cyclist who has endless flow on a mountain bike and can look at a trail differently than your average rider.

What is your favorite Salsa bike model and why?

The Salsa Redpoint is my weapon of choice because of its capability to climb as good as it descends. Having confidence on knowing that the bike can handle a rough corner and not lose grip from under you, being able to go into rock gardens at speed and knowing that the linear design of the split pivot is just going to flow through the stroke of the shock.

What are your favorite pre, during, and post ride/race food and bevvies?

My pre-race fuel is a burrito with rice, beans, and fajita. Post-race, I like any kind of taco with an ice-cold Topo Chico.

What are you doing when you aren’t cycling?

Working either on my parent’s food truck or in The Peddler bike shop.

What don’t you leave home without on a ride?

Telling my mom that I love her.